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<i>Mycobacterium kansasii</i> Infections in Patients with Cancer

Kalen L. Jacobson, Ramón Teira, Herman I. Libshitz, Issam Raad, Kenneth V. I. Rolston, Jeffrey Tarrand and Estella Whimbey

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 30, issue 6, pages 965-969
Published in print June 2000 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online June 2000 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/313801
Mycobacterium kansasii Infections in Patients with Cancer

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Mycobacterium kansasii was isolated from 25 patients with cancer who were cared for at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center (Houston) from January 1987 through December 1996. Two patients (8%) had disseminated disease, and 23 (92%) had pleuropulmonary isolates only. Signs and symptoms of mycobacterial infection at the time of diagnosis were often minimal or absent despite substantial radiographically evident involvement. The infections responded well to rifampin-based antimycobacterial regimens. M. kansasii is an infrequent but serious cause of pulmonary and, occasionally, disseminated disease in patients with cancer.

Journal Article.  1342 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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